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#586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper

November 28th, 2014

Episode 739 of 902 episodes

We tend to get obsessed with things that get more expensive over time — college tuition, say, or health care. But lots of things have actually gotten cheaper in real terms. Things made by machines. Things like consumer electronics.Some new gadget comes out with a $1,000 price tag. Two years later it costs $500. There's no law of nature that says this must be so. And yet it happens year after year.Today on the show, we visit a company called Monoprice. And we go into a room where people sit all day and try to make stuff get cheaper.

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